Thursday, August 20, 2020

C-FARE FREE Webinar: SNAP + Food Assistance in a Time of COVID-19




An unprecedented 6 to 7 million additional people have been approved for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits since the effects of Covid-19 began in the U.S. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act gave the USDA authority to ease state requirements for compliance, and for “Pandemic EBT” — extra food benefits (by electronic transfer) for any child who would normally get free or reduced-price meals at school. Has the effort been timely and adequate? What hurdles remain?

The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) will host a free webinar at 12 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 31 to discuss SNAP and food assistance during Covid-19. C-FARE board member Sean Cash, the Bergstrom Foundation Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, will moderate the 45-minute discussion. He will be joined by three expert panelists.

·     George Davis is a professor at Virginia Tech who studies food demand and health outcomes with a focus on understanding the interaction of nutrition policies and time allocation in affecting nutrient intake and diet quality. He teaches in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise.

·     Shewana Hairston McSwain provides leadership in programming for limited-income audiences as the Expanded Food and Nutrition Outreach Coordinator at North Carolina A&T State University. She has led efforts to empower families striving to improve their standard of living for more than 13 years.

·     Parke Wilde is a professor at the Friedman School at Tufts University where he focuses on U.S. food and nutrition policy, and federal food assistance. He authored the textbook Food Policy in the United States: An Introduction (Routledge, 2nd Ed, 2018), and writes at U.S. Food Policy.

The webinar will conclude with questions from attendees. Those who register but cannot attend a C-FARE webinar can view a recording of it later at the council’s YouTube channel.

This free program is made possible with the support of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and National Agricultural Statistics Service.




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